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May 20, 2019
Paralegal Day 2019

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Paralegal Day 2019:

For PACO paralegal members celebrating their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th or 25th plus year of service to the paralegal profession in the calendar year of 2019, please email your current Resume reflecting all paralegal employment along with your anniversary year being celebrated (5th, 10th, etc.) to Public Relations Chair, Mindi Schaefer, at pr@pacoparalegals.org. Submission deadline: 4/26/19.

Paralegal Day Sponsorship
PACO Scholarship Application
PACO Awards of Excellence

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Sustaining Members:

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The Impact of Legalized Marijuana

What a terrific General Membership Meeting on Tuesday! Thanks to all of you who attended, both in person and online. We so appreciate Attorney Luis M. Alcalde, who brought an interesting and engaging discussion to us. His presentation was fantastic, and we could have talked for another hour about the information he shared regarding Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program and the legal cannabis industry.

Because the meeting lasted longer than usual, we must ask that if you attended and wish to receive a CLE certificate, please send an e-mail to PACO’s Assistant Vice-President, Kemmily Kwok, at asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org. In your e-mail, please state whether you were there for the entire time until 1:30 p.m., or if you had to leave earlier, and what time you left. For those who attended remotely in a group, each individual must send an e-mail to Kemmily. We ask that you do this no later than next Tuesday, April 30, 2019, to receive your CLE certificate.

Thanks also to Tim Hales and Fireproof who provided lunch for all in attendance, and thanks as well to Anderson Reporting and Dan Mitchell for facilitating the livestream service so that members who could not come to the meeting at the CBA didn’t have to miss this excellent presentation.

Register Soon!!

Please register and plan to attend PACO’s Paralegal Day Celebration on Monday, May 20, 2019. This will be a terrific evening which our committee has been working hard for months to prepare. We hope that you won’t miss the opportunity to network with other paralegals and PACO’s sustaining members. This is a special time to honor our colleagues as well. We will recognize those who have exhibited excellence in the paralegal profession, and the evening will be topped off by our keynote speaker, Justice Judith French of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Please join us at 5:30 p.m., for a delicious dinner and activities at the Reception House at the Raymond Memorial Golf Course. The address is 3860 Trabue Road, between the Dublin Road and Wilson Road, just six miles from downtown. There is plenty of cost-free parking available.

Please invite other paralegals and attorneys to join you on May 20th. Tickets are $30.00 for PACO paralegal members, $35.00 for non-member paralegals, and $25.00 for paralegal students. If you would like to purchase a table, $250.00 will seat eight people. Dress attire is professional and business casual. A cash bar will be available.

To register, please click here.

If you have a dietary restriction, please contact Mindi Schaefer at pr@pacoparalegals.org.

The Deadline is Tomorrow!

If you would like to nominate a paralegal, PACO sustaining member, and/or a law firm or legal department for an Award of Excellence, please access the nomination form here, then submit the completed form to president@pacoparalegals.org by April 26, 2019. The Awards of Excellence will recognize those who have demonstrated remarkable strengths and commitment to the paralegal profession and to PACO.

Likewise, if you are celebrating your 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, etc., year as a paralegal during calendar year 2019, please email your current résumé reflecting all paralegal employment along with your anniversary year being celebrated, to PACO’s Public Relations Chair, Mindi Schaefer, at pr@pacoparalegals.org. The submission deadline is April 26, 2019.

Tomorrow is the deadline for submitting scholarship applications, too. PACO will present two scholarships at the Paralegal Day celebration & dinner – a $500 scholarship to one paralegal student for college tuition, and a $250 scholarship to one working paralegal who wishes to pursue a certification designation.

Click HERE to complete and submit an application. If you have any questions, please email Becky Lewis at SLC@pacoparalegals.org.

NOTE: All award and scholarship recipients must be present at the Paralegal Day dinner.


Remember that PACO maintains a Job Bank which provides employment opportunities that you may be interested in. Whenever a new posting is added, you will receive notice via e-mail. For information about advertising a new position with us, please click here or contact Cassandra Struble at jobbank@pacoparalegals.org.

PACO Job Bank

The PACO Elections Committee is seeking applicants for the following PACO positions. Click here for a summary of the position duties. A complete list of duties can be found within the PACO Code of Regulations.

PACO Board Positions: Term of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2021
• President
• Assistant Vice-President
• Secretary

Download application for President
Download application for Assistant Vice-President and Secretary

Representative Positions: Term of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020
• Public Relations Representative
• NFPA Representative
• Statewide Representative/NFPA Secondary Representative
• Student Liaison Representative

Download application for Representative positions

Committee Chair Positions: Term of July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020
• Job Bank Committee
Pro Bono Committee
• Program Committee
• Mentoring Committee
• Elections Committee
• Bylaws Committee
• Professional Development Committee

Download application for Committee Chair positions

Sub-Committees Positions (not required by application)
There are also PACO sub-committees available that are appointed by the Board or the Chairperson of that particular committee. The positions stated below do not require an application. If you are interested in any of the positions you can contact the Elections Committee chair at the email stated below and your interest will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

• Social Media & Website Sub-Committee
• OSBA Paralegal Certification Exam Study Group Sub-Committee
• PACO Biennial Workshop & Exhibition Sub-Committee
• Photography Sub-Committee

The deadline to apply for these positions is May 23, 2019. All applications can be submitted via email to elections@pacoparalegals.org.

Fireproof/Esker Technology Summit – Building a Case for AP and AR Automation

Make your processes best-in-class and optimize the end-to-end benefits of workflow and automation in the workplace. Organizations can use Esker to eliminate AP and AR pains and maximize their business potential. This event will be conducted on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Hilton at Easton. The agenda will include:

11:00 - 11:30 Introduction & meet and greet
11:45 - 12:30 Complimentary Lunch
12:30 - 2:45 Presentations & Speakers

  • Brian Erlien, Head of New Partner Engagement at Esker
  • Matt Postlethwait, Director of Business Development at FIREPROOF
  • Marks Riggs, CFO at FIREPROOF
  • Brian Hankins, Director of Accounting at Red Roof Inn
2:45 - 4:00 Round Table Discussion (Q + A)
4:00 - 6:00 Happy Hour at Hotel Bar

For more information and to register, please access this link:
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Please contact any of our Board members if you have any questions or concerns:

Teresa Scharf – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Shannon Reames – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Kemmily Kwok – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Angela Vohsing – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Garth Rowbotham – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)
Becky Lewis – President-Elect (presidentelect@pacoparalegals.org)

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